Root Canal – Beaufort, SC

What is a root canal?

A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 14 million every year. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.

At the center of your tooth is pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums.

How is a root canal performed?

If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist will most likely recommend non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 90% of cases. If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of success is unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment. We use local anesthesia to fully numb the affected tooth. You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you will probably be comfortable returning to your normal routine.

What happens after the root canal?

All teeth that undergo root canal therapy need to have a buildup and crown. When your root canal therapy has been completed, Dr. Mohler will typically continue with the treatment to complete the restorative aspect of the procedure. Dr. Mohler will prepare the tooth for a crown and image the preparation with CEREC, the in-office computer program to fabricate one-visit crowns. The benefit of this treatment is there is no additional dental anesthesia required and the whole treatment takes one 90-minute appointment, thus providing you with a huge savings of time.

It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment or microsurgery. If a problem does occur, however, we are available at all times to respond. To prevent further decay, continue to practice good dental hygiene.

Root canals are not guaranteed and do not have a 100% success rate. If in the event a root canal fails, the tooth will need to be extracted and a replacement treatment will be planned.